Malvani chana masala recipe | Maharashtrian chana gravy | Malvani hara chana masala | Malvani style green chana masala |
Malvani chana masala is a famous Maharashtrian dish that has to be experienced to understand its full worth! Learn how to make Maharashtrian chana gravy.
Malvani chana masala is boiled hara chana along with tamarind pulp, fresh cream and spices cooked in Malvani chana masala.
To make Malvani chana masala, first make the Malvani paste. Combine the Kashmiri chillies, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cloves, caraway seeds, cardamom, black cardamom, poppy seeds, star anise, cinnamon and dry coconut in a non-stick pan and dry roast on a medium flame for 3 minutes or till the masalas release an aroma. Keep aside to cool slightly. Blend in a mixer to a smooth paste using ½ cup of water. Keep aside. Then blend 1 cup of hara chana in a mixer to a coarse mixture and keep aside. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the garlic paste and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds. Add the malvani masala paste and sauté on a medium flame for another 2 minutes. Add the coarsely crushed hara chana, remaining 1 cup of whole boiled hara chana, salt and 1 cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Add the tamarind pulp, fresh cream, coriander and sugar, mix well and cook on a medium flame for another 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally. Serve hot.
There are several interesting things about this Malvani style green chana masala. The hara chana is cooked and crushed to a very convenient consistency before being used in the gravy. Then, there is the use of tamarind instead of tomatoes, which adds to the flavour and pungency without toning down the effect of the spices.
Above all what makes this Maharashtrian chana gravy more interesting is its authentic paste of dry coconut with a host of khada masala, which means whole Indian spices. The perfect proportion of each of these masalas is very important to lend a fantastic taste to this sabzi which can be combined with most Indian breads like roti, chapati and paratha.
The use of fresh cream in this Malvani hara chana masala is not very traditional, but it will help get a creamy texture and balance the spiciness as well. You can also try other chana recipes like Chana Ghassi and Kabuli Chana Stir- Fry.
Tips for Malvani chana masala. 1. As a variation to Malvani style green chana masala, you can replace hara chana with kala chana which is commonly also known as brown chick peas. 2. Use of Kashmiri chillies is a must for the bright red colour of this sabzi.
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